Tuesday, July 07, 2020


A Communal Cheshbon HaNefesh:  Taking Stock of the Orthodox Community

This week, as the year 5777 winds to a close, Yeshiva University inducted Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as its new president. In addition to President Berman’s induction and the important speech he delivered during the ceremony, two other voices have emerged in the past week that represent key sectors of our community. Rabbi Daniel Alter, the head of The Moriah


The Jewish Left’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Jewish progressives have a serious problem with anti-Semitism. They deny it where it’s obvious, and fight passionately against it where it doesn’t exist.

In 2017 alone, the Jewish left has embraced Keith Ellison, Linda Sarsour and Rasmeah Odeh. It has savaged President Trump, Steve Bannon


Paying It Forward—a Call to All  College-Age B’nei and B’not Torah

I am very privileged to work with many of the kids and teens in our community. I serve as a division head at Camp Kaylie, a teen program director at Congregation Beth Abraham, a counselor at Camp Simcha, the head counselor at Camp Malchus, an occasional rebbe at The Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) and The Marsha Stern


Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Among the many aspects of the modern Orthodox community of which we should be proud, the Modern Orthodox school system is perhaps the finest.  Modern Orthodox schools produce highly educated and refined youngsters who have excellent backgrounds in both limudei kodesh and chol.  Modern orthodox schools integrate the lessons of modern


Why Does America’s Largest Cell Carrier Call Israel ‘Palestine’?

When Mark Rosenblatt touched down at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv April 5 and powered on his cell phone, he got the surprise of his mobile technology life.

Rosenblatt received a text message from his cell phone carrier, Verizon, reading, “Welcome to Palestine.”


A Horrible Warning

This week we learn of the unthinkable use of chlorine gas as a weapon against Syrians as the Bashar al-Assad regime reaches yet another level of despicability.

As we condemn without hesitation the use of chemical weapons, we tell the leaders of the free world that if this act doesn’t spur action, we


Let’s Keep Israel a Bipartisan Issue

Friends from New Jersey and across the country traveled to our nation’s capital last week in support of Israel for AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Amid a climate of partisan finger pointing and nastiness, I’m comforted seeing many Democrats, Republicans and Independents come together from around the country to


Our Job #1: Fighting Anti-Semitism Whatever the Source

Perhaps it was the lead-up to Purim. Perhaps it was the unprecedented and incredibly divisive Clinton-Trump presidential campaign. Perhaps it originates with the alt-right or, with equal possibility, the alt-left.

The ugly truth is that American Jewry is confronted with an array of


The Nomination of David Friedman Provides New Opportunities

President Trump’s nomination of David Friedman for the position of United States ambassador to Israel comes at a critical time. The Middle East is in turmoil, but together with the erosion of stability there are new opportunities as well.

Iranian expansionism has created the potential for a


Misunderstanding the Causes of Anti-Semitism

The events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of anti-Semitism.

A Jewish ex-New York Times reporter, writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post on March 3, declared that “the growing examples of anti-Semitism”—the bomb


Keith Ellison’s Rise to Second-in-Command at DNC Worries Some Jewish Democrats

Washington—The appointment of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has left some Jewish Democrats worried about their party’s future positions on Israel.

Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez defeated Ellison for the party chairmanship Saturday


The Muslim Brotherhood and Israel

On January 10, 2017, the office of US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) reintroduced a bill to have the State Department designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terror organization. The purpose of the statute is “to protect Americans